Being a college student is hard. Having a job is hard. Wanting to do well in school and at your job while balancing sleep, eating healthy, hanging out with friends (all the while balancing a blog)? You guessed it; hard. Midterm season is coming up so I wanted to be able to juggle school, studying, work, and sleep while being happy and having time to do stuff that I enjoy.
This was a bit of trial and error before really figuring out what works best for me. Of course some of my tactics might not work for others, just as their tricks don’t help me. I wanted to compile a list of things that can be done to help balance every aspect of your life. If you see one that you use or want to use, leave a comment down below!
Make a Schedule
This is always one of the first tips to be offered. As trite as it may be, it is definitely one of the more necessary tips. If you make a schedule of everything that you need to do and when it’s due/where you have to be, it’s be easier to plan out your day. I use my bullet journal (as mentioned in How to Stay Organized and Why I Bullet Journal) to write down assignments, dates, shifts at work, and volleyball games.
I use a monthly spread with a calendar for the month to see the general overview. I have due dates, when my midterms are, and other important things to know written down on each individual day. I also have a weekly spread for a more in-depth look at what I have to accomplish. The use of this is that I can schedule my time accordingly with what I have to get done.
When I write something down, I remember it better and can finish my task in time. I also jot down things to look forward to, like hanging out with friends or visiting my family. By balancing the fun and the tedious, it becomes easier to work with.
I can schedule fun things to do on the same day as a due date in order to motivate myself to complete the task in time to do the fun thing. While somewhat risky of a strategy, I know it will work for me.
Make Time for Sleep
I can’t stress this one enough! If you’re a zombie, you won’t be able to get anything done or have any fun. I personally need to get at least eight to nine hours of sleep every night or I will be drained for the entire day. In order to balance work, friends, school, and anything else, you need to be well-rested.
The best way to ensure total rest is to go to bed at a consistent time! Unfortunately, I can’t do this myself. Some nights I need to be awake longer for school or I’m reading a really good book. Sometimes I’m out with friends and we don’t get back to my apartment until 1 am.
But if you have a consistent schedule, try to make a goal of going to bed by 11pm. If you have to wake up earlier than average, maybe try to be in bed by 10pm. Getting decent rest is one of the most important steps to being able to balance everything.
Get Your Work Done Early
If you’re a college student like me, you know most of your due dates from the syllabus of your class. If you have a planner that you like to use, write down the dates often enough for you to be aware of them and able to meet them.
Next week, I have multiple midterms and papers/projects due. To get ahead of them and not let the assignments pile up, I knocked out a few of my homeworks and a quiz earlier in the week. I can relax more as I get more work done before it’s due.
By getting your work done early, you will have more time to do other things (such as sleeping or hanging out with friends). It decreases the amount of stress you have to deal with and it helps with your productivity.
Spend Time with Friends
In order to be able to balance all aspects of your life, you need to have a social life as well as work and school. The best way I found to be able to spend time with friends while having a busy schedule is to plan ahead! I love having brunch with my friends so I’ll plan it a week or so in advance so I can work to make it happen.
The earlier you schedule it, I found that it’s easier to make it and hang out. You could also kill two birds with one stone and have a study group with friends. While it might not be the most productive study plan, it’s fun to be with your friends while attempting to get work done.
If you really put your mind to it and focus on making time for friends and meals together, it will happen. Sometimes when I feel like I’m drowning in the amount of work I have to do, I also call or FaceTime one of my friends for a little bit. It’s so easy to stay in contact with friends, even if they’re a couple of states away!
The last part of balancing everything is making sure you’re making meals easy. Sometimes, when I’m running around trying to take care of every single thing I can, I forget to eat or make an easy, unhealthy dinner. When I eat unhealthy, I end up feeling unhappy or unproductive.
When I meal plan, it makes everything easier. When I have a spare minute, I like to prepare something healthy and easy to heat up. Usually I have the most time to spare on Sunday evenings, so I cook a bigger meal than normal such as pasta or chicken and have leftovers for lunch the next day. It makes it a lot simpler to go about my day and get everything done!
These are the biggest tips that I’ve found to help me balance everything! Being a collegiate athlete is hard, but there are ways to make it easier. I hope this helps you or someone you know! Leave a comment down below if anything especially stood out to you. Thank you so much for reading!